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Boston school choice community meetings scheduled

Posted by Your Town  September 14, 2012 05:38 PM

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This item was published in the South End News and was submitted by Boston Public Schools

This spring and summer more than 2,300 people shared ideas for improving school choice and student assignment-more information at http://bostonschoolchoice.wordpress.com/get-involved/we-hea/.

Now, BPS is developing several new options and later this month we would like to share them with you.

Beginning Tuesday, September 25 you will be able to explore the options and offer your thoughts at bostonschoolchoice.org. We will also hold a series of community meetings so you can learn more and let us know what you think:

Thursday, Sept. 27 (6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.): Burke High School
60 Washington St., Dorchester (Haitian Creole, Spanish, Somali interpretation)

Saturday, Sept. 29 (10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.): East Boston High School
86 White St., East Boston (Spanish interpretation)

Sunday, Sept. 30 (1:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.): Teen Center at St. Peter’s
278 Bowdoin St., Dorchester (Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Vietnamese interpretation)

Monday, Oct. 1 (6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.): Jackson/Mann K-8 School
40 Armington St., Allston (Cantonese, Portuguese, Spanish interpretation)

Tuesday, Oct. 2 (6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.): Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
75 Malcolm X Boulevard, Roxbury (Somali, Spanish interpretation)

Thursday, Oct. 4 (6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.): Ohrenberger School
175 West Boundary Rd., West Roxbury (Spanish interpretation)

Friday, Oct. 5 (7:30 a.m. -10 a.m.): Suffolk University, 73 Tremont St., Downtown

Tuesday, Oct. 9 (6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.): Mildred Avenue K-8 School
5 Mildred Ave., Mattapan (Haitian Creole, Spanish interpretation)

Wednesday, Oct. 10 (6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.): Charlestown High School
240 Medford St., Charlestown

Thursday, Oct. 11 (6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.): Dever/McCormack School
325 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester (Spanish interpretation)

Friday, Oct. 12 (6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.): Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
38 Ash St., Boston (Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish interpretation)

Child care is available at all community meetings except Oct. 5.

BPS will present several options to the External Advisory Committee on School Choice on Monday, Sept. 24 and will post these options, as well as analysis of each option, to the web. The meeting will be held at 6pm at the Frederick Pilot Middle School, 270 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, and you can watch it live on Boston City TV: Comcast channel 24 and RCN channel 13.

What comes next...

Based on your feedback and input from the External Advisory Committee, BPS will update the proposals in October and November and will share them with you. Then, the EAC will make a recommendation to the Superintendent, who will bring a proposal to the Boston School Committee in December. The School Committee will then hold additional public hearings before voting on a new plan this winter.

Under the school choice proposals, high schools will remain citywide. Any new plan would be phased in, which means the school choice process for the 2013-14 school year will be similar to what families are used to today.

Thanks for being involved in this important process. As always, you can reach us atchoice@bostonpublicschools.org. Because we want as many people as possible to share their voices, please pass this email on to your friends and encourage them to sign up and take part! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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